Dallas Cowboys will not play place Jaylon Smith on IR

The Dallas Cowboys took a chance on Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith by drafting him with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite many believing that he will not be able to play his rookie season, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones seems to be pretty confident in Smith’s chances to see the field.

Jones joined 105.3 The Fan on Thursday and he was adamant about not wanting to keep the linebacker out of his rookie season. Jones even went so far as to say that they believed Smith would be back for the playoffs.

We will not IR him,” Jones told KRLD-FM. “We’ll take a chance he’ll be back for the playoffs.”

Smith was pretty confident about his chances to play in 2016 as well. He said that there is “absolutely” a chance he gets to play this year.

If the Cowboys want to hold Jaylon Smith out for a possible return to the field in late December for the playoffs, they will first have to do something not many believe they can after a 4-12 2015 season: make the playoffs.

Jerry Jones certainly isn’t lacking optimism for his team.

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